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Rick Hove’s important book—Equality in Christ—out of print but available online

May 11, 2006
By CBMW
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Those who hold an egalitarian view of gender roles in the home and church inevitably make at least a portion of their argument from one New Testament text: Galatians 3:28.


Those who hold an egalitarian view of gender roles in the home and church inevitably make at least a portion of their argument from one New Testament text: Galatians 3:28.


In 1999 Crossway published an insightful complementarian analysis of Gal. 3:28 in a work that broke new ground in the church’s understanding of that text, according to theologian and CBMW board member Wayne Grudem.


“It may well be the definitive work on this passage for decades to come,” Grudem said.


The book, Equality in Christ? Galatians 3:28 and the Gender Dispute, written by Richard Hove recently went out of print. However, with permission from Crossway, CBMW is making the volume available again at its website in PDF format at https://www.cbmw.org/resources/books/equalityinchrist.pdf.


Readers will find a complete treatment of Gal. 3:28 with Hove fleshing out its near context of Gal. 3, as well as the place of Paul’s declaration that in Christ “there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female…” within the fabric of redemptive history itself. Hove also refutes egalitarian claims that the verse serves to flatten gender roles in the home and church because believers of both genders are united with Christ.


Writes Hove, “As the controversy over the roles of men and women has intensified, evangelical scholars have appropriately given increased attention to Galatians 3:28. It is safe to say that Galatians 3:28 is one of the most debated, and important, verses in the dispute over the biblical teaching on the roles of men and women.”


Hove has been on staff with Campus Crusade with Christ for well over two decades. He directs Campus Crusade’s ministry at Duke University and is involved in developing new theological materials for Campus Crusade’s national campus ministry. He is the primary author of Campus Crusade’s training book, How to Lead a Small Group.


Many other faithful, complementarian books are available online through the CBMW website at https://www.cbmw.org/resources/books.php.

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